While the riders' market is as good as done in MotoGP, things are only just getting started in Superbike. Yes, because Tom Sykes' departure from Kawasaki is likely to set off a domino effect. As we wait to discover what lies in #66's future, there are those who are getting ahead of the game.
This is the case for Yamaha, which has now renewed its contracts with both Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark, confirming them for 2019. Eric de Seynes, president of Yamaha Motor Europe, celebrates the moment in the photo.
Michael van der Mark, often at the centre of market rumours, did not hesitate to renew his contact with the Japanese manufacturer: "I am really happy to have signed for a third season with Yamaha. While we're still working to improve, it is clear that we have made significant progress, as we work towards our main goal of fighting for the World Championship title together."
Alex Lowes is equally pleased:"I have been a part of this project since 2016 and I thank Yamaha for believing in me. It was great to get my first race win this season but, of course, this success just means we expect more every weekend. I believe so much in this project, my ambition has always been to see it through to a World Championship title."